Five Minute Friday: Find

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(So, I’ve been participating in a “writers’ flash mob” of sorts called Five Minute Friday. In response to a one-word prompt, hundreds of writers sit down and write for five minutes flat. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font or punctuation; unscripted and unedited. Here’s today’s edition…setting the timer….)

Five Minute Friday: Find

Go.

It’s a vast and exciting world we live in.

How on earth anybody could ever seriously feel bored is foreign territory to my way of thinking.

Places to go, people to meet, books to read, music to hear, foods to try, things to see.

Endless.

And nearly every community has a magical gateway to begin exploring it all.

From earliest memory and continuing to this day, one of my absolute favorite places in the world is a library.

Stories – real and imagined; basic facts and information; shelves and databases to search for and find the next interesting idea to pursue… It’s all here!

What you find in a library can lead you to new experiences.

It can also allow you to learn about what others experienced before you – and quite possibly allow you to make new sense out of things you have experienced yourself.

This morning I finished reading my latest library book – The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.

As I reflected on today’s Five Minute Friday prompt (FIND), a beautiful line from the book caught my eye.

It describes an old man visiting a new place – a place he has never been, but that calls forth memories from his own past.

“On ancient ground that is new to him…”

You won’t find a better description of a library.

Stop.

Annie Merner Pfieffer Library at West Virginia Wesleyan College - at dusk. All windows and cupola are lit up. Christmas lights are draped in a shrub out front.

Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library, West Virginia Wesleyan College

 

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One thought on “Five Minute Friday: Find

  1. I like your post. I love a library too- books in general really. There are just so many books I want to read and so many things to explore and find out about but so little time. I love the quote from your book too. Visiting from FMF (#59)

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